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"The Truth Hurts" is the second segment of the forty-sixth episode of Kim Possible.


Kim and her dad are both stressing over major events in their lives, but after being accidentally struck by a ray being stolen by Dr. Drakken, finds that she can't stop telling the truth.

The episode begins with two big deals for Kim. 1) Her father's bosses are coming over for dinner 2) She is going to be interviewed for the front cover of "Spirit Squad Weekly." The former is causing much anxiety for Dr. Possible, and the latter is causing serious freaking out for Kim.

Ron offers Kim unusually pertinent advice for the interview; that everything will be OK if she's completely sincere, but that he has no intention of doing likewise. Before Kim can respond to this, their conversation is interrupted by Wade, who informs her that Dr. Drakken has kidnapped leading scientist Wanda Wong, and that he is holding her prisoner in an ice fortress.

Meanwhile, in his lair, Drakken is introducing Dr. Wong to an unusual form of torture-buttock freezing-which he believes will force her to reveal all of her scientific secrets.

After receiving lip from Shego and Dr. Wong, neither of whom consider his torture techniques to be particularly effective, Drakken pulls out a large ray gun and announces that he's going to use it on Dr. Wong. However, before he can do so, proceedings are interrupted by Kim, who proceeds to free Dr. Wong, and to mix it up with Shego.

As the obligatory kung Fu battle between Kim and Shego rages on, Drakken slips on the ice and accidentally fires his ray gun into the ceiling, where a large outcrop of ice crystals causes the beam to split in two. One part hits Ron, and the other part hits Kim, but neither part apparently having any effect. Soon afterwards, Kim dunks Drakken and Shego in the water, and escapes with Ron and Dr. Wong.

Later that day, Kim is with the team from "Spirit Squad Weekly," and everything is going fine, until the lady conducting the interview begins asking Kim about her personal life.

When asked about her social scene, Kim blurts out that she's crushing on Bobby Johnson, but that she is not sure if she's doing it because she likes him, or because he asked Bonnie out first. Kim then finds that she's unable to stop answering questions, and quickly confesses to collecting Cuddle Buddies, sleeping with her Pandaroo Cuddle Buddy, and picking her nose when nobody is looking.  Her catharsis effectively sabotages her chances of making the magazine's cover, much to the delight of Bonnie and the other cheerleaders who all jump at the chance of an opening.

Distressed at this turn of events, Kim rushes off to the cheerleading squad dressing room, where she finds that she is unable to tell even the smallest lie. More than this though, she is also unable to resist blurting out anything that she would normally hold back from saying.

After almost alienating herself from Wade by telling Wade that he spends too much time in his room, Kim is informed that the ray that Drakken zapped her with must have been a Truth Ray, and that it has shut down the part of her brain that inhibits her behavior.

While the effects of the truth ray turn out to be Kim's worst nightmare come true, they appear to be working well for Ron. A potentially dangerous gaff (criticizing Mr. Barkin's choice of books) turns out to be a fortuitous event when the rest of the class back him up, and from there onwards Ron develops a "Truth Mojo" that suddenly makes him popular.

Fearing that she might say something embarrassing at her father's dinner, Kim rushes home to try and explain things, but is too late and arrives home just in time to be introduced to the Space Center's board of directors.

With the effects of the truth ray in place, Kim can't help but blurt out embarrassing secrets about herself and inappropriate comments about her father's bosses (one tells very bad jokes, one won't stop talking about his home country, and everyone can tell one is wearing a wig), until their insulted guests storm out in disgust, putting Dr. Possible's future at the space center is in serious jeopardy.

Just as all seems lost, Dr. Wong, the scientist that Kim saved at the beginning of the episode arrives, and thanks Kim for saving her from Drakken, and confirms her story about the truth ray, thus saving Dr. Possible's career.

The next day, the effects truth ray have worn off, leaving everything back to normal. This is good for Kim as she no longer has to say what she really thinks, but bad for Ron because he still can't get the hang of being sincere, although that might just be part of the fact that his low self-esteem has returned, making him unable to talk to girls that he really likes, such as Kim.



  • Unusually, this episode did not feature a named ride, or a ride back story.
  • 43rd episode of the TV series Kim Possible. It is a half length episode that shared a full length time slot with "Sick Day". It is notable in that the episode's mission serves only as a Mcguffin device to introduce a conflict into both Kim and Ron's social lives.
  • Ron makes a reference to kissing a CPR Dummy in Health class, but he did not take Health class yet, he takes it in Senior Year in Grande Size Me.

Running Gags

  • Mr. Barkin's now substituting Ron's English literature class.


  • In this chapter, Kim carries her Kimmunicator in her cheerleader skirt, but in a cheerleader skirt you can not carry anything.
    • You would be surprised. They often do carry items like cell phones and slim ID wallets with a little cash and credit cards inside the waistbands. Not regulation, but practiced.


  • Kim's secret love of Cuddle buddies was previously revealed in episode "Downhill".

Video Releases


  • Kim Possible: The Complete 2nd Season

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Bueno Nacho | Showdown at Camp Wannaweep | The New Ron | Downhill | Killigan's Island | Monkey Buisness | Attack of the Killer Bebes | Royal Pain | Tweeb Trouble | Extreme | Grudge Match | Cloned | Code Word: Kim | The Kim Possible Files | Save the World Kit | Pick a Villain!: Badical Battles | Pick a Villain!: Game On! | Pick a Villain!: Masters of Mayhem | Pick a Villain!: So Not the Drama!

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Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure


Heroes: Kim Possible | Ron Stoppable | Rufus | Wade | Dr. Ann Possible | Dr. James Possible | Jim and Tim Possible | Mr. Stoppable | Mrs. Stoppable | Hana Stoppable | Monique | Steve Barkin | Bonnie Rockwaller | Ned | Nana Possible | Team Go | Martin Smarty | Artie Smarty | Team Impossible | Betty Director | Cousin Larry | Vivian Francis Porter | Felix Renton | Zita Flores | Master Sensei | Yori | Slim Possible | Joss Possible | Yono | Mego | Hego | Wego Twins | Steel Toe | Pain King | Professor Acari | Connie Rockwaller | Lonnie Rockwaller | Mrs. Rockwaller | Tara | Jessica | Hope | Marcella | Liz | Crystal | Franklin Barkin | Wayne | Shaun | Reuben Stoppable | Vinnie | Big Mike | Mr. McHenry | Junior | Prince Wally | Wanda Wong | Toshimiru | Alan Platt | Akute | Officer Hobble | Amelia | Pop Pop Porter | Kyoko Yoshiko | Nakasumi-San | Timothy North | SADI | Middleton High School Cheerleaders | Will Du | Cyrus Bortel | Oh Boyz | Roachie
Villians: Dr. Drakken | Shego | Monkey Fist | Duff Killigan | Señor Senior, Senior | Señor Senior, Junior | Amy Hall | Gil Moss | Camille Leon | Frugal Lucre | Bebe | Adrena Lynn | Gemini | Professor Dementor | Fashionistas | Warmonga | Warhok | Edward Lipsky | Falsetto Jones | Nanny Maim | Hank Perkins | Stone Gorilla | Jackie the Jackal | Aviarius | Fukushima | Knights of Rodegan | Malcolm Nevious | Electronique


Season One: Crush | Sink or Swim | The New Ron | Tick-Tick-Tick | Downhill | Bueno Nacho | Number One | Mind Games | Attack of the Killer Bebes | Royal Pain | Coach Possible | Pain King vs. Cleopatra | Monkey Fist Strikes | October 31st | All the News | Kimitation Nation | The Twin Factor | Animal Attraction | Monkey Ninjas in Space | Ron the Man | Low Budget
Season Two: Naked Genius | Grudge Match | Two to Tutor | The Ron Factor | Car Trouble | Rufus in Show | Adventures in Rufus-Sitting | Job Unfair | The Golden Years | Virtu-Ron | The Fearless Ferret | Exchange | Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles | Day of the Snowmen | A Sitch in Time | A Very Possible Christmas | Queen Bebe | Hidden Talent | Return to Camp Wannaweep | Go Team Go | The Full Monkey | Blush | Partners | Oh Boyz | Sick Day | The Truth Hurts | Mother's Day | Motor Ed | Ron Millionaire | Triple S | Rewriting History
Season Three: Steal Wheels | Emotion Sickness | Bonding | Bad Boy | Showdown at the Crooked D | Dimension Twist | So the Drama | Overdue | Roachie | Rappin' Drakken | Team Impossible | Gorilla Fist | And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI
Season Four: Ill Suited | The Big Job | Trading Faces | The Cupid Effect | Car Alarm | Mad Dogs and Aliens | Grande Size Me | Clothes Minded | Big Bother | Fashion Victim | Odds Man In | Stop Team Go | Cap'n Drakken | Mathter and Fervent | The Mentor of Our Discontent | Oh No! Yono! | Clean Slate | Homecoming Upset | Chasing Rufus | Nursery Crimes | Larry's Birthday | Graduation


SADI | Neuro-Compliance Chip | Lotus Blade | Kimmunicator | Silver Cutlass | The Attitudinator | Amulet of the Monkey King | Molecular Muscle Enhancer | Naco | Diablo Sauce | Giant Laser Drill | Pop Pop's Mini Corn Dogs | Pop Pop's Blimp


Middleton | Middleton High School | Middleton Mall | Bueno Nacho | Smarty Mart | Possible House | Stoppable House | Club Banana | Middleton Space Center | Middleton Medical Center | Camp Wannaweep | Yamanouchi Ninja School | Forbidden City Museum | Pickle on a Pike | Middleton Institute of Science and Technology | Middleton Magnetic Institute | Middleton Geological Center | Middleton Motor Lodge | University of Upperton | Canada | Tokyo | Japan | Port Mystic Cove Haven


Call Me, Beep Me! | Could it Be | Rappin' Drakken | Naked Mole Rap | Say The Word | Pop Pop's Mini Corn Dogs (song) | It's Just You

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